Merry Christmas

I hope and pray you all have a blessed Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy New Year!  Here is an email I sent out to friends when I was still in seminary (2003-2007) I come across looking for something in my email that I wanted to share with you.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

When I think if Christmas…

I think of being with my wife!

I think of being with family!

I think of being with friends!

I think of the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ!

There is a phrase out there in theology and missiology
called “incarnational ministry. What does it mean to
be incarnational?

Incarnation is a theological term that attempts to
explain the mystery of the merging of the divine and
the human in the real person of Jesus Christ.  He was
fully God and fully human.  John 1:14 says it best,
“And the word became flesh and lived among us.”  That
Jesus became human and lived among us is a reference
to the tabernacle in the wilderness that symbolized
the presence of God among his people.  Moses and the
prophets prophecied that one day God would come and
live among men much as YaHWeH had done in the
wilderness.  Just as the shekinah glory of the Lord
came down and rested upon the tabernacle in the
wilderness and so God was present with his people, so
Jesus the Messiah came down from heaven, became human,
and “tabernacled” among us so he could be present with
us.  He was, and now is more so as he lives in us and
through us through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

The point is that Jesus came to be present with us, to
teach us how to live and how to love.  He made himself
like us so that we could be like him.  He came
ultimately to give his live as a ransom for many that
we could be reconciled with God our Father in heaven
and be in a righteous relationship with him.

Incarnational ministry then is being present with
people, it is stepping out of our comfort zones and
reaching out to people and being present with them, so
that in turn they can experience the presence of the
Lord Jesus and come to know God our Father who is in
heaven.

So, during this Christmas season as you take time to
celebrate the miraculous birth of Christ, take time to
be incarnate with people; be present with them.  Make
them feel important and valuable so they too may
experience the presence and love of the Lord in you
and through you!

Blessings!

-Brian

Merry Christmas!

Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed merry Christmas and great New Year!

Luke 2:8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Many Blessings in this coming New Year!